Free high holiday services 
Rosh Hashanah 
Yom Kippur 
Newton Cultural Center and War Memorial Auditorium
This year’s services will be held at the Newton Cultural Center & War Memorial Auditorium, located inside:

Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

If you do not have somewhere to go for the High Holidays, come to Ahava!

Ahava’s High Holiday services are meaningful, contemplative, and infused with exquisitely beautiful music. All are welcome, regardless of background, and all will feel at home.

The services are not affiliated with any of the major Jewish movements. Rather, they combine traditional prayers and melodies with contemporary elements, for a prayer experience that will leave you feeling inspired and spiritually fulfilled.

Join us for just one service, or join us for them all!

Ahava will host the following High Holiday services:

Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 30, 2019
Morning service: 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Children’s service: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Kol Nidre service: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Morning service: 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Yizkor (memorial) service: 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Children’s service: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Please bring your own machzor (prayer book)

We will be using Mishkan Hanefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe. You will need this particular machzor to follow along and participate in the services.

You may order hard copies HERE and bring the books with you to services. Please note that there are separate volumes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The two-volume set sells for $42.

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You may order electronic copies and bring your device with you to services. Click HERE for Rosh Hashanah and HERE for Yom Kippur. Please download to your device; do not rely on wifi. Note that you do not need a kindle to order the electronic kindle version; just download the kindle app onto any device. The two volumes sell separately, each for $9.99.


All genders are encouraged to bring and wear their own kippot (yarmulkes) and tallitot (prayer shawls). There will also be some available to borrow.

If you would like a loved one’s name read aloud during the Yizkor service, please email his/her/their name to and indicate correct pronunciation.

Do you need a ride? Contact us and we will help you find one!

Are you a skilled shofar blower who would like to participate in our services? Would you like to chant Torah? Contact Cantor Jacqui at or 617-213-7911.

You do not need to be a member to attend any of Ahava’s services; however, donations are graciously accepted!


From February 2019